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by Benzin » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:39 pm

Do you think they'd let Donald keep his phone in Guantanamo just so he can give us daily tweets?

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by Alvin Flummux » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:48 pm

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If he did wear a wire, or some such, I would expect other indictments to follow today's trio. Could be huge. Or not.

I wish we knew whether or not Felix Sater has turned state's evidence on Trump or not, that would be amazing.



Oh, to be a fly on the wall in Trump's vicinity today. :lol:

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by lex-man » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:50 pm

Alvin Flummux wrote:
Memento Mori wrote:


If he did wear a wire, or some such, I would expect other indictments to follow today's trio. Could be huge. Or not.

I wish we knew whether or not Felix Sater has turned state's evidence on Trump or not, that would be amazing.


I hope we get to hear the tapes at some stage. It'd be interesting for a number of reasons. I'm kind of interested to know if Trump acts differently behind closed doors.

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by Alvin Flummux » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:51 pm

The tell-all biographies of the Trump administration are going to be a gold mine.

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by Memento Mori » Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:00 pm




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by Peter Crisp » Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:25 pm

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Maybe he thought he meant he'd made contact to go on a date and he was just happy for him so I can't see a problem.
He was just being nice and now you want to stick him in prison for it? That's just terrible.

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by Garth » Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:17 am


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by Garth » Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:21 am

Facebook estimates 126 million people were served content from Russia-linked pages

Facebook will inform lawmakers this week that roughly 126 million Americans may have been exposed to content generated on its platform by the Russian government-linked troll farm known as the Internet Research Agency between June 2015 and August 2017, CNN has learned.

That estimate, which is equivalent to more than half of the total U.S. voting population, offers a new understanding of the scope of Russia's use of social media to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and in American society generally.

In written testimony to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, a copy of which was obtained by CNN, Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch says that 29 million people were served content directly from the Internet Research Agency, and that after sharing among users is accounted for, a total of "approximately 126 million people" may have seen it.

Facebook does not know, however, how many of those 126 million people actually saw one of those posts, or how many may have scrolled past it or simply not logged in on the day that one of the posts was being served in their News Feed.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/30/media/r ... index.html

I hope Western governments are taking all this social media manipulation as seriously as they should be.

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by Garth » Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:29 am

Upstairs at home, with the TV on, Trump fumes over Russia indictments

President Trump woke before dawn on Monday and burrowed in at the White House residence to wait for the Russia bombshell he knew was coming.

Separated from most of his West Wing staff — who fretted over why he was late getting to the Oval Office — Trump clicked on the television and spent the morning playing fuming media critic, legal analyst and crisis communications strategist, according to several people close to him.

The president digested the news of the first indictments in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe with exasperation and disgust, these people said. He called his lawyers repeatedly. He listened intently to cable news commentary. And, with rising irritation, he watched live footage of his onetime campaign adviser and confidant, Paul Manafort, turning himself in to the FBI.

Initially, Trump felt vindicated. Though frustrated that the media were linking him to the indictment and tarnishing his presidency, he cheered that the charges against Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, were focused primarily on activities that began before his campaign. Trump tweeted at 10:28 a.m., “there is NO COLLUSION!”

But the president’s celebration was short-lived. A few minutes later, court documents were unsealed showing that George Papadopoulos, an unpaid foreign policy adviser on Trump’s campaign, pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the FBI about his efforts to broker a relationship between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The case provides the clearest evidence yet of links between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials.

For a president who revels in chaos — and in orchestrating it himself — Monday brought a political storm that Trump could not control. White House chief of staff John F. Kelly, along with lawyers Ty Cobb, John Dowd and Jay Sekulow, advised Trump to be cautious with his public responses, but they were a private sounding board for his grievances, advisers said.

“This has not been a cause of great agita or angst or activity at the White House,” said Cobb, the White House lawyer overseeing Russia matters. He added that Trump is “spending all of his time on presidential work.”

But Trump’s anger Monday was visible to those who interacted with him, and the mood in the corridors of the White House was one of weariness and fear of the unknown. As the president groused upstairs, many staffers — some of whom have hired lawyers to help them navigate Mueller’s investigation — privately speculated about where the special counsel might turn next.

“The walls are closing in,” said one senior Republican in close contact with top staffers who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak candidly. “Everyone is freaking out.”

Trump is also increasingly agitated by the expansion of Mueller’s probe into financial issues beyond the 2016 campaign and about the potential damage to him and his family.


This portrait of Trump and his White House on a day of crisis is based on interviews with 20 senior administration officials, Trump friends and key outside allies, many of whom insisted on anonymity to discuss sensitive internal matters.

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by Garth » Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:22 am

Google has identified 1,108 videos from the time of the election with ties to the Russia-linked Internet Research Agency disinformation organisation. The videos were posted in English with "content that appeared to be political" sandwiched between non-political content like travelogues:
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/201 ... te-actors/

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey proved how effective this style of disruption could be when reporters found out that he'd shared two links posted by a phony Russian account posing as an American supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement.

That account eventually went on to post links to dubious reports about the KKK's support of Hillary Clinton—and its message may have been buoyed by someone as prominent as Dorsey sharing more innocent posts in previous months.

Russia appears to be way out in front of everyone else with this type of thing - these hacks, social media bot swarms, misinformation campaigns and support for divisive people and ideas that they're using to damage our unity are kinda scary. It's so difficult to change the minds of the people who fall for all the gooseberry fool that gets posted too.

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by Saint of Killers » Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:35 am

I wonder how long before we find out about "friendly governments" carrying out similar gooseberry fool in other countries. I mean, destabilising governments and elections before now was a hallmark of the US government and secret services.

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by Harry Ola » Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:39 am

Anyone looking for a summary of the importance of everything that happened yesterday and what it might mean going forward, the following is pretty good.

http://www.lawfareblog.com/robert-muellers-show-strength-quick-and-dirty-analysis

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by lex-man » Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:44 am

Saint of Killers wrote:I wonder how long before we find out about "friendly governments" carrying out similar gooseberry fool in other countries. I mean, destabilising governments and elections before now was a hallmark of the US government and secret services.


Not on the internet but the US already have done. They funded modern art to combat Russia. They took over radio stations in Iraq to play pro US propaganda and they've created pro US music for Mexico to use in the drug war.

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by lex-man » Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:06 am

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The photo is near the ecuadorian embassy.

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by Moggy » Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:08 am

lex-man wrote:
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The photo is near the ecuadorian embassy.


:nod:

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by Alvin Flummux » Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:29 pm

John Kelly in "JUST AS BAD AS TRUMP" shocker!





Oh good, another racist at the top. :|

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by Moggy » Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:39 pm

Alvin Flummux wrote:John Kelly in "JUST AS BAD AS TRUMP" shocker!





Oh good, another racist at the top. :|


These twats always try to pretend that the US civil war wasn’t about slavery, despite South Carolina (the first state to secede) stating it in their letter of succession. :lol:

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by Slayerx » Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:26 pm

A terror attack in NYC involving a truck looks like 8 dead and 12 injured!

http://news.sky.com/story/six-dead-in-n ... k-11107589


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